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Retrieve a file

Discussion in 'Networking' started by 123cookie1, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. 123cookie1

    123cookie1 Thread Starter

    Oct 13, 2008
    I need your help. My question is: " Can I link two towers (a running computer Vista (1) with an other tower XP(2) ?off or on?) through a USB cord in order to retrieve a file from the other tower (2)?". Both are dell products. If the two are running, is there a danger of dammaging the newer one? If off can I just go to the memory where the file is kept, or if on can I do the same thing previously written. Do I need something in particular to do this transfer safely? Please use the layman talk because I am not really knowledgeable in this computer stuff.
    I hope you can help me,
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 28, 2005
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    Hi 123cookie1, and welcome to TSG.

    There are special USB cords made that have USB "A" plugs on each end and include electronic circuits wired between the plugs. They are designed for safely connecting two computers via their USB ports and may include software for transferring files.

    There are also USB cords made that have USB "A" plugs on each end but just have wires from one plug to the other. These may damage one or both computers.

    If both computers have Ethernet ports, they may be better choice than any kind of USB base connection. If you just need to transfer one file, a USB flash drive may the quickest and easiest solution.
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Connecting the machines together is probably the hardest way to transfer files. Much easier to burn the file to CD, email it to yourself, put it on a USB thumb drive, or send it over the network.

    How large is the file?
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